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This week:

This week in parliament Kerry will be asking questions about the justice system, international development, climate change and local communities. She will also be taking part in Labour "Opposition Day" debates on the bedroom tax and food banks, and supporting an important motion on firefighters' pensions. Meetings include the Burma Campaign and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and Kerry will also be attending a Unite/ Grazia magazine "Mind the Pay Gap" event to support the campaign for equal pay for women. 

Your Opinion

Home Office figures released last month reveal that 470,000 people aged 16-59 used nitrous oxide in the past year, up 100,000 from 2013. The same study found that 7.6% of those aged 16-24 used nitrous oxide in the past year. What is your view on the growing recreational use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)?



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Latest news


15 December 2014
I have, over the past few days, been made aware of concerns about the recommendations going to Cabinet for approval on Tuesday 16th, and also have my own concerns. Given the number of applications submitted, which has inevitably meant that some good projects have been rejected, I do not think it appropriate to single out any individual application, but I wish to raise here some general points.
The Chancellor’s Autumn statement this week confirmed what people in Bristol already know; living standards are falling and this is not only hurting households up and down the country, but also damaging the economy.
The convictions of men from the Easton area of Bristol on charges of sexual abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls, and the long prison sentences handed out, send out a clear message, but there are also lessons to be learnt about what more we can do to protect vulnerable young women and girls.
On the 7th November I attended a community meeting to discuss prostitution in Eastville. I had been contacted by a large number of constituents who believe that prostitution is still quite a significant problem in the area, despite efforts by both the Council and Avon and Somerset Police.
This afternoon I will be joining my Labour colleagues in Parliament to vote for the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill - A Private Member’s Bill introduced by my colleague Clive Efford, which will put patients back at the heart of the NHS.

Blog

Just by way of an update to Monday’s post… Another invite has arrived. WWF are the culprits again! PRASEG & WWF-UK Event – The economics of climate change policy: what are the overall costs and benefits of the UK meeting its carbon budgets?Wednesday 10 September 2014, 17:00 – 19:00, Committee Room 6, House of Commons […]
Just an update to yesterday’s post on mitochrondial disease. I have to say I was rather surprised to see Professor Robert Winston – now Lord Winston – cited in the motion, as he is usually a leading supporter of genetic research. I’ve now seen a Twitter exchange between him – @profrwinston – and Dr Sarah […]
Just before recess I was at a WWF event in Parliament on environmental issues, with rather a large panel of speakers – all male, all white and, with one exception, all middle-aged. I’ve now received an invite to another ‘green’ event, from the Aldersgate Group: a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event on 11th September with the […]
Later today, after the PM’s statement and a general debate on hospital car parking charges, there will be a debate on “Mitochondrial replacement techniques and public safety”. Here’s a BBC report which explains very simply what it’s about – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28986843 – and an educational animated video narrated by none other than Bill Nighy http://www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk/animation/ Basically, […]
There’s a review starting on council ward boundaries in Bristol. Due to new housing being built in some areas and demographic changes, some wards are deemed to be far too big – this is particularly an issue in Cabot, Lawrence Hill and Ashley wards – while others are by comparison too small. This could be […]
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